It’s the best field of the year on the PGA Tour this week at the Genesis Invitational at storied Riviera Country Club outside of Los Angeles – all of the world’s Top 10 players are competing. World No. 1 Jon Rahm is the +800 favorite. It’s the first time all 10 of the world’s Top 10 are competing in a non-major, Players Championship, WGC or FedEx Cup event in 15 years.
The Genesis Invitational benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and thus Tiger will be on hand but he won’t be playing. You may remember that Woods was also on hand last year but couldn’t play off back surgery. A few days after the tournament Tiger was still in the LA area and got into a serious car crash. He’s still not ready to return from that and who knows if he will play at all this year, although I’d expect him at the Masters.
Woods is likely to give a press conference Wednesday, when there is sure to be significant interest as to the state of his rehabilitation and a potential return to golf. When speaking in December, Woods said that he has accepted that he will never play the tour full-time again but did say he expects to return to competition and play a limited schedule moving forward.
We’ve listed starting golf odds and an odds analysis of the top choices at the 2022 Genesis Invitational. Will Max Homa retain the title? ? Keep reading to find out.
2022 Genesis Invitational Tournament Info
- When: Thursday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 20
- Where: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA/li>
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
- Purse: $12,000,000
- Defending Champ: Max Homa
- Jon Rahm +900
- Patrick Cantlay +1200
- Justin Thomas +1600
- Dustin Johnson +1600
- Cameron Smith +2000
- Collin Morikawa +2000
- Rory McIlroy +2200
- Viktor Hovland +2500
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Hideki Matsuyama +2500
- Scottie Scheffler +2800
- Will Zalatoris +3000
Odds to Win the 2022 Genesis Invitational
History of the Riviera Country Club
Riviera Country Club is one of the most storied courses on the West Coast and is a par 71 at about 7,325 yards. It has hosted three major championships in the past, was just announced as the 2026 U.S. Women’s Open venue and will also host the 2028 Olympic golf competition. Because this is an invitational, the field is a bit smaller at 120 players. Other than the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions, this is the first Invitational event of the season.
Some recent past Genesis Invitational winners set for a return include Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Max Homa – who is looking to become the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2008-09 to go back-to-back. Every champion this century has played the tournament at least twice previously, indicating the importance of course knowledge, and all but two of the past 37 winners have been at least 29 years old.
During the 2020-21 season, Riviera ranked inside the five-toughest in percentage of fairways hit (47.24), greens in regulation (54.17), proximity to the hole (42’7”), conversation percentage inside 10 feet (86.14) and average distance of putts holed (68’9”).
Who are the top betting picks to win the 2022 Genesis Invitational?
Rahm comes off a T10 last week at the Phoenix Open and has a best finish of tied for fifth at this event in three trips. Patrick Cantlay is next at +1200. Cantlay has finished T17 or better in his last four starts at Riviera, with a best finish of T4 in 2019 and is off to a great start this season.
Justin Thomas is +1600 with Dustin Johnson at +1600. Thomas has posted top-10s in three of his last four starts, including a T8 at last week’s Phoenix Open. He has missed the cut in this event the last two years but he was runner-up to J.B. Holmes in 2019, where he held a considerable 54-hole lead. Johnson won here in 2017.
Which player from +2000 to +2800 odds can win the trophy?
Hideki Matsuyama is +2500 with Collin Morikawa +200 and Rory McIlroy +2200. It’s Rory’s first PGA Tour event of the New Year. He has two top-5s in this event since 2019. Matsuyama has three top-10s here. After taking the past month off, Morikawa arrives at Riviera with top-7s in all four of his season starts.
Two notable players not in attendance Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.
2022 Genesis Invitational Expert Pick
Collin Morikawa wins
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.
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